South African football has yet another footprint in Europe after promising midfielder Sphephelo Sithole made his debut for Primeira Liga side Belenenses on Wednesday.
Having featured as an unused substitute on five previous occasions this season, Sithole finally made his first appearance in Portugal's top flight when he took to the pitch as a late substitute during Belenenses' 1-1 draw with SC Braga this week.
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The former KZN Academy starlet replaced Ricardo Ferreira in the 76th minute to make his debut, featuring alongside countryman Thibang Phete in the process, and helped his side claim a valuable point in their bid to stave off the threat of relegation.
"I'm very happy to have made my professional debut and for helping the team earn a point in the match. Now let's move on to the next game," the 21-year-old tweeted, in Portuguese, after the encounter.
Sithole has been in Portugal since 2017, and previously developed his skills with Sporting Lisbon's academy team and with Vitoria Guimaraes' U23 side before joining Belenenses at the start of the season.